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March 4, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Ridesharing: Alternatives to taxis pushing the envelope

Uberx, Lyft, and Sidecar are certainly not using Seattle as a “chance to test their new technologies” [”City oversight won’t kill ride-service innovators,” Business / Technology, March 3].

They are already doing business in dozens of cities in the U.S. and around the world. Brier Dudley portrays the lobbying by rideshare companies as a “hissy fit” and their move into the Seattle transportation market as having “failed to research taxi regulations.”

No, Brier, they recognize that the entrenched taxi business would never be open to something that challenged their highly protectionist business model, and chose to push the envelope by offering an alternative to that outdated model, anticipating the regulatory hurdles along the way.

Dudley erroneously equates the limits on the number of fishing boats to limits of the number of taxis. The number of fishing boats are limited to preserve fish populations, whereas the number of taxis are limited to preserve, well, a limited number of taxis. Meanwhile, the “fish” that need a ride go uncaught. Go figure.

David Chapin, Redmond

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